Aldous Huxley’s Doorway to Orthodoxy

Posted: December 11, 2013 in Answers for Skeptics, Quotes
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Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A small anthology of Huxley’s religious writings titled Huxley and God has sat on my self for three years. During my years of uncertainty, rocking back and forth between agnosticism and atheism, and reading books on all sides of the debate. It was Huxley’s supreme confidence in the divine that first began to shake me out of my skeptical spiral.

The minimum working hypothesis would seem to run to about this: That there is a Godhead, Ground, Brahman, Clear Light of the Void, which is the unmanifested principle of all manifestations. That the Ground is at once transcendent and immanent. That it is possible for human beings to love, know, and, from virtually, to become actually identical with the divine Ground. That to achieve this unitive knowledge of the Godhead is the final end and purpose of human existence.

Huxley does not lay out a Christian metaphysics, but his is not necessarily opposed to Christianity either. When the option is between a vague deism or out-right atheism (my apparent choices at the start of my collegiate years), Huxley’s “minimum working hypothesis” breaks into that destructive circle of thought. To think that knowledge of God was “the final end and purpose of human existence” gave an object to the desires that burned in my chest as I would lay awake staring at the ceiling.”

via Aldous Huxley’s Doorway to Orthodoxy.

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

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